Our Affiliated Site: Hogar Santa Julia in San Miguel de Allende, México
Today, Mexico is the world’s tenth most populous nation — and largest Spanish-speaking country by population — with a growing, diversified economy and a relatively stable democratic government. However, despite the country’s wealth of culture, history, natural resources and beauty, many natives and immigrants are plagued by impoverished living conditions. Crime and murder rates in the country are high, and corruption and drug cartel activity are constant sources of concern despite efforts to eliminate them.
The beautiful colonial city of San Miguel de Allende, though a favorite haunt of tourists and artists, is no exception to these maladies. Indeed, its bohemian façade conceals the poverty in which many of its residents live. To help address these issues, Hogar Santa Julia was founded in 1954 as a home for orphaned and impoverished girls. Today, thanks to the support the Home receives from its local and international donors, the Sisters who run Santa Julia are able to support girls full-time at the Home, as well as offer a refuge for their siblings affected by the tragic realities of poverty. Santa Julia offers a loving environment in which young children are given the opportunity to rise above the difficult socioeconomic circumstances from which they come.